An upscale couple receives a series of mysterious videotapes showing them being videotaped in their home. As the videos become more frequent and disturbing, the man is caught up in an identity crisis that leads him down a path of violence and regret. The plot is probably familiar to fans of both American and French art cinema, as it describes both David Lynchs 1997 Lost Highway and Michael Hanekes 2005 thriller Caché (Hidden). You can rent Lost Highway from your local video store, but you can check out Caché on the big screen today at Rice Cinema.
Before you label Haneke a plagiarist, keep in mind that the Austrian-born director who made his way to the French film world has, for his entire career, been fascinated by the same elements of psychological and societal transgression that enthrall Lynch and throngs of other artsy filmmakers. Haneke is notable for his use of sex and violence as themes to explore instead of gimmicks to exploit, and Caché is particularly interesting for the way he builds tension without any musical score. 7 p.m. Rice Media Center, Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 7134390051 or visit www.ricecinema.rice.edu. $5; free for Rice University students and faculty.
Wed., March 26, 7 p.m., 2008